The Nigerian federal government has officially lifted the ban on the senior basketball team from all international competitions.
On Thursday, June 23, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja.
He said the latest decision is based on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), signed by Mister Musa Kida.
This recent development is coming after The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) had replaced the D’Tigress with Mali following the ban ahead of the FIBA Women’s World Cup to be held later in the year.
Read the official statement below.
President Muhammadu Buhari, being one that is committed to youth development and desirous of ensuring that they are availed of all opportunities in sports and other endeavors considered the appeal and in the overriding spirit of national interest; love for our youth, and in order to avoid sending basket development into a long period of suspension when NBBF have now committed to the resolution of the issues which precipitated the withdrawal in the first place has approved the return of Nigeria to international basketball immediately
The statement reads further;
In securing this approval, of note is the caution that the laws of Nigeria cannot be subjugated to any other law, and every Nigerian entity must respect Nigerian laws and authority governing various sectors.
Failure to do this, as with any constitutionally bound sovereign nation will attract sanctions.
Speaking further, Ismaila Abubakar stated,
Appeal letter also critically gave some key undertakings: to immediately set in motion the process of status review or constitutional amendments from stakeholders as collated by the Ministry of
Youth and Sports Development.
The concluding part of the statement reads;
To set up a high-powered team to reconcile all contending parties in the basketball family at home and abroad, and a
commitment to work with the Ministry in the governance and development of basketball among other things
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has manded the ministry to ensure the implementation of the undertakings by the NBBF and “report back to Mr. President on progress”.